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Rioja & Navarra

SPAIN | Friday, 14 September 2018 | Views [115] | Comments [2]

The very south of the Basque region includes some of the Rioja wine growing area. We left Izki and visited a small village to walk up Lapoblacion, a distinct hill overlooking the wine growing plains of Rioja. A short but tough climb up was rewarded with stunning views over the flat plains to the south. Dropped out of the mountains down onto the plains to visit the city of Logrono the capital of the wine growing area. Beautiful city with historic buildings and lots of green space. More importantly tapas food heaven. The streets are lined with tapas bars, some specialising in specific food. We visit a Pulporeria for octopus and another bar that only had griddled flat mushrooms, both delicious. Even better than the food is the wine. At anything from 80 cents per glass it is cheaper than water!! A really good Crianza Rioja is only 1.50 euro a glass. We were supposed to leave Logrono the next day but loved it so much we stayed another night! Went for a menu del dia at a really nice restaurant and had an amazing three course lunch with wine for 14 euros each, yummy.

 Reluctantly we left Logrono (our waistlines couldn't take any more!) to travel to our most southerly point on this trip, Banderas Reales natural park. The landscape here is completely different to everything else we have seen in Spain. It is a semi arid desert area that looks more like the grand canyon in the USA. For any Game of Throne fans it is also the film location of the Dothraki Sea in season 6. We walked up to lookout points in the park and drove through the main areas on unmade tracks. This took about 2 hours in our motorhome! An unusual and beautiful landscape. As you can imagine it was hot here, probably about 30C but we didn't spend that much time out in the full sun. We also visited the cave dwellings at the entrance to the park, not sure when they were abandoned but some had cookers and sinks inside! We are off to the Pyrenees now, hasta luego. Love Dawn xxx



Hi, Correct me if I am wrong but there seems a lot more food & less drink on display than usual. (Even though it does look exceptional) Re. Breaking Bad photo you look loads better than Walt in his under crackers!!! The site of the Dothraki filming looks spectacular but I think I might of stayed in the cave houses because they remind me of several B&B,s I have used. They even looked better than some. See you soon. Dad.

  Dad Sep 14, 2018 9:32 PM


Ha! Good to have comedy dad back, we've missed your funny comments. Believe me there is definitely as much alcohol as usual! The cave houses were pretty smart, definitely cleaner than some of the b&bs we have stayed in! Would not be cooking meth in my undies there as it is also a military base and there were lots of fully armed soldiers patrolling. It was spectacular. We are in the Pyrenees now. See you soon, love d x

  dawnandmark Sep 14, 2018 11:53 PM

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